Chicken Pad Thai

8
Total Time
47 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
22 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Moderate
A traditionally prepared Thai classic, lightened up. Also great with shrimp or cubed tofu instead of chicken.

Ingredients

packaged rice noodles

7 oz

uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

1 pound(s), cut into 3/4-inch cubes

fish sauce

¼ cup(s), divided

uncooked broccoli

4 cup(s), florets

uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, finely sliced

fresh lime juice

¼ cup(s), divided

sugar

3 Tbsp

water

3 Tbsp

ginger root

1½ tsp, fresh, finely minced

cooking spray

2 spray(s)

peanut oil

4 tsp, divided

green hot chili peppers

1 tsp, or red chili pepper, Thai-variety, deveined, seeded, minced*

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

uncooked bean sprouts

1½ cup(s)

peanuts

2½ oz, dry-roasted, salted, minced (about 1/2 cup)

cilantro

½ cup(s), fresh, minced

Instructions

  1. Soak noodles in cold water for 1 hour.
  2. Place chicken in a small bowl and cover with 1 tablespoon of fish sauce; set aside.
  3. Steam broccoli and carrot until crisp-tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately immerse in cold water; drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, combine remaining 3 tablespoons of fish sauce, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, sugar, water and ginger; mix well and set aside.
  5. Coat a large wok or skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat; add 2 teaspoons of oil. When hot, add chicken; cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and cover to keep warm; set aside.
  6. Drain noodles thoroughly. Off heat, coat same wok or skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat; add remaining 2 teaspoons of oil. When hot, sauté garlic and chili pepper until just fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add noodles and fish sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce is mostly absorbed, about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken and peanuts; remove from heat. Add remaining tablespoon of lime juice, bean sprouts and cilantro; mix well. Serve immediately. Yields about 2 cups per serving.

Notes

*Do not touch seeds with bare hands.

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